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rasp

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a harsh grating sound
  • the rusted lock opened with a rasp

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rasp

verb

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1 to make smooth by friction
  • after sawing the board in half, rasp the ends to remove any splinters

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2 to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface
  • the sound of fingernails rasping on the blackboard makes me cringe

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3 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
  • the two siblings seemed intent on rasping each other for the entire car trip

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4 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • during the last ice age, glaciers rasped the surface, leaving the deeply scarred rock

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The first known use of rasp was in the 14th century

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“Rasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rasp. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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